Blue-NC-1815-Will

I am including below some statements from wills on slaves held by my ancestors. There seem to be a number of black Blues in north MS around Holmes County that were from Blue slave owners. My gg grandfather owned slaves in Calhoun County, MS that he inherited and freed before the Civil War. He lost one son in the war who is buried on the Ole Miss campus in a Confederate Cemetery there. His freed slaves continued to live on his 1200 acre farm and work for him. I guess they probably didn't have much choice. The other will data is from my Bishop line that goes back to 1612.

Duncan Blue (1734-1814) married (in 1763) Margaret Campbell (1740-1812) before coming to this country about 1769.

The record of the original will of Duncan Blue was found a short time ago in a book (can't read). The courthouse was destroyed by fire about 56 years ago.

DUNCAN BLUE'S WILL
Compiled by D. Al Blue, July 1938

To All people to whom these presents shall come. I, the said Duncan Blue, of the County of Moore and State of North Carolina, for and in consideration of the love and good will and affection which I have and to here towards my loving wife, Margaret.

... First, I give and bequeath unto my dear beloved wife her maintenance out of my Estate during her life time.

... Second, Also I do give and bequeath unto my son John Blue of the same County and State aforesaid sum of Three hundred and Fifty Spanish Milled Dollars to be raised and lived out of my Estate after my death for him and the said John his Heirs, Executors or Administrators or assigns. Second, Also I give and bequeath unto my son Patrrick Blue of the same County and State aforesaid the following tracts of land, tow hundred acres, situate on the South side of Lower Little River known by McLendons land. Also another tract of twenty acres on the Ridge path that leads from Hector McNeill to Daniel McNeills at the pond. Another tract of forty acres on the North side of the Carrolls Branch near the mouth of said branch including the pond south of the reedy branch all lying and being in the County of Moore, the said tracts of land to be posseessed and enjoyed by him and the said Patrick his heirs, Executors or Administrators forever against all lawfull claims whatsoever.

... Third: To give and bequeath unto my son Duncan Blue of the same County and State aforesaid, the following tracts of land fifty acres on the South side of Chadocks Creek where I now live with all its improvements. Also ten acres joining the said tract including the old peach orchard, also another tract of two hundred acres on both sides of Chadocks Creek including Farraners old field, also another tract of twenty acres on both sides of Chadocks Creek including the mouth of said creek, also another tract of twenty six acres on the Ridge path near the head of the horse pen branch, the said tracts to be possessed and enjoyed by him the said Duncan Blue, his heirs Executors or Administrators forever against all lawfull claims whatsoever.

... Fourth: Also I give and bequeath unto my sons Patrick Blue and Duncan Blue all my moveable effects, to wit: six negroes, Edmond, Big Tom, Hagor, Hannah, Little Tom, and Jude and all my horses, cattle, hogs and all my household furniture the above moveable property to be equally divided between the said Patrick and Duncan Blue after my death provided the said Patrick and Duncan Blue pay John Blue the said sum of Three hundred and Fifty Spanish Milled Dollars above will amd bequeathed.

... Fifth: Also I give and grant unto my daughter Catherine four cows and calves or forty dollars out of my estate after my death.

... Sixth: Also I give and grant unto my daughter Sarah four cows and calves or forty dollars out of my estate after my death.

... Seventh: Also I give and grant unto my daughter Effey four cows and calves or forty dollars out of my estate after my death.

... Also I do hereby utterly disavow revoke and annul all and every other former testament, will, legacy,bequest and Executor by me in anywise before named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 29th day of august 1806.

Duncan Blue, his mark X (Seal)
Test:
Hugh McDonald
John Campbell
Moore County Court Feb. Term 1815

The above will was duly proven in open court by the oath of Hugh McDonald and ordered to be recorded. (unreadable)

CORA DOWD

Contributed by: JBlue46498@AOL.COM
By way of: "Chandra Duncan-Scott" cscott@asu.edu
Chandra Duncan-Scott
School of Public Affairs
(602)965-3926


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